Today is March 22, 2012. Your thought for the day: The reason more journalists don't embrace online video is that good online video storytelling is ha


Today is March 22, 2012. Your thought for the day: The reason more journalists don't embrace online video is that good online video storytelling is hard. It's harder that taking a photo and writing a story, and it doesn't work for every story. - Me.

The Echo Chamber (Curious Rat): A great rant about some of the problems facing online journalism steeped in SEO and trolling for page hits. We need journalists who can fight back against the "me-too" mentality that afflicts so much of the online news media.

I can’t stop reading this analysis of Gawker’s editorial strategy (Nieman Journalism Lab): Related to above, an analysis of the shift in strategy by Gawker Media, which is a big player in the online-only media world.

Nine Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow (USA Today): Be sure and check the comments for some additional good accounts, and follow @cicm as well.

How to Create a Successful Editorial Calendar (unbounce): Some good ideas for creating an online system for tracking stories, including some WordPress plug-ins and Google Docs examples.

Newspapers And Video: Slow And Steady Or Flood The Zone (paidContent): A contrast between the video offerings of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, with some interesting insight into the rise of online video advertising.

Media Cloud: "Media Cloud is an open source, open data platform that allows researchers to answer quantitative questions about the content of online media. Using Media Cloud, researchers, journalism critics and interested citizens can examine what media sources cover which stories, what language different media outlets use in conjunction with different stories, and how stories spread from one media outlet to another."

The State of the News Media 2012: The Project for Excellence in Journalism's exhaustive yearly survey of where things stand across all platforms. This year, there are special reports about mobile platforms and hyperlocal journalism.

StateFace (Propublica): Propublica has released this cool font set which has an outline of every U.S. state. "It's designed to be used at small sizes, and the shapes have been highly simplified to make for a really small font. All 50 states plus D.C. and a wee continental U.S. map fit in about 22k, and they look great on Retina displays."

News-based games (crowdsourced on Twitter): Steve Buttry asked for examples of news-based games. Some excellent examples, and idea-generators for student media.

A Day in the Internet (mbaonline): A graphic that shows what happens every day online. Hint: A lot of content creation.

What I Have Learned In 4 Years And 1,180 Articles About Twitter (AllTwitter): Shea Bennett provides a REALLY comprehensive list of advice for those who need to understand this platform. A good beginner's resource for classes or student media outlets to use.


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